Town twinning on the internet

photo: LinBow

If you haven’t seen it already, is a great ‘one use only’ web site that uses the Google Earth API to answer an age old question:

If you were to dig a hole from where you are standing all the way through the center of the Earth, where would you end up?

Like folks do, I located my small rural township in New Zealand, Huapai and clicked through to find out where I’d end up.  The answer is that, after an awful lot of digging I’d pop out in a small rural township in Spain called Benamahoma.

This set me thinking about how could be used for virtual town-twinning or sister city linking as I believe it’s known in North America. Given that 70% of the earth’s surface is water, this idea won’t work for everyone unless they’re strong swimmers or strike it lucky and pop up next to a supertanker.

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